If you want an opportunity to launch your career in Canada’s green economy, this is your chance!
Employers – Please contact the Regional Coordinator (RC) nearest you to submit a job description.
Student Applicants – To apply, please visit https://unac.smapply.io/prog/green_spaces_programme to create a SurveyMonkey Apply account.
Applications close on April 4th.
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A project undertaken with the support of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
Youth empowerment is a crucial step for Canada showcasing its climate action leadership in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. UNA-Canada has recognized this and in response, has launched the Green Spaces/Espaces Verts (GS/EV) programme. GS is an innovative student youth initiative, designed to provide talented and passionate young Canadians with exciting work-integrated learning opportunities across Canada
WHO WE ARE
GS is a wage-matching programme and UNA-Canada works together with organizations in the green sector across the country to place these talented students in positions that provide professional development training and will elevate their knowledge, passion, and experience of working in sustainable development.
Green Spaces participants will undertake 8 to 16-week work-integrated learning placements with organizations in a variety of sectors, including private companies, non-profits, governments, Indigenous-based organizations, post-secondary institutions, and other associations. These placements are offered across Canada, but particularly in the following focus cities: Yellowknife, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, and Halifax.
Participants will benefit by obtaining work experience and by contributing to Green Spaces’ ever-growing network of young professionals to ignite Canada’s Green Economy. Additionally, participants can also participate in community engagement activities, networking opportunities and benefit from professional development support.
UNA-Canada is building on 20+ years of success to launch Green Spaces, and has designed spectacular elements within the programme that will enhance the personal and professional growth of the participants, including:
- Bridging talented young students to meaningful summer work opportunities through work-integrated learning and disciplined support
- Strategic 8 to 16-week full-time placements working with various sectors between now and August 31st
- Employer partners will receive a wage subsidy to host Green Spaces participants during their placements
- Peer-to-peer knowledge and skills transfer through “Innovation Team” sessions, consisting of Green Spaces and Canada Green Corps participants and alum, as well as UNA-Canada’s international UN interns
- Be an ambassador of UNA-Canada in their communities by raising awareness and education of the work they conduct in their placements and their sustainability efforts
- Contribute to Canada’s commitments on climate and environment through United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
BENEFITS FOR YOUTH
Getting that practical, real-world work experience as a student! Opportunities such as these give students a leg-up for once they graduate and are looking for their first job to launch their green careers.
- Gain valuable work experience and develop new professional skills
- Build your network with like-minded professionals from diverse professional and academic backgrounds
- Develop a more nuanced understanding of issues related to environmental sustainability, natural resource development and management, and green growth opportunities in a Canadian and international context
- Obtain professional development support such as resume and cover letter review
To be part of Green Spaces, youth must be:
- Registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school full-time in the upcoming academic year
- Between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive) at the time of intake/selection
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada;
- Be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations;
Interested participants can apply here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all placements are filled.
The process for securing a placement is as follows:
Due to a highly competitive process, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We ask that no calls are made during this stage. If you have a specific question, please email the Regional Coordinator nearest you.
BENEFITS FOR EMPLOYERS
- A wage subsidy (approximately 50%) for the duration of your Green Spaces’ participant’s employment at your organization
- Access to a pool of talented and motivated students
- Connections to like-minded and innovative organizations across Canada
- Be part of the national network of industry leaders across the country in the green sector
- Not-for-profit organizations
- Private-sector companies
- Municipal governments, provincial and territorial governments, institutions, agencies, and Crown Corporations
- Indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils, and self-government entities);
- Post-secondary institutions or research labs
The first step for potential Employers who are interested in hiring a Green Spaces participant is to email the Green Spaces Regional Coordinator nearest you. There is no deadline for employers to apply, but there is limited funding.
|Maggie Hall||[email protected]||Vancouver|
|Kylie Campbell||[email protected]||Whitehorse & Territories|
|Lisa Robenberg||[email protected]||Calgary|
|Pamela Bryan||[email protected]||Edmonton|
|Liesl Mulholland||[email protected]||Halifax & Atlantic Provinces|
|Estela Ulloa||[email protected]||Toronto|
|Megan Elliott||[email protected]||Ottawa|
|Oula Hajjar||[email protected]||Montreal|
|Tamara-Jeanne Dubé||[email protected]||Quebec City|
|Abdal Qeshta||[email protected]||Winnipeg|
|Tzigane Ludwig||[email protected]||Saskatoon|
Employers or youth who have specific questions regarding Green Spaces can email:
Senior Project Officer, Nathan Adams at [email protected] (for Vancouver, Northern Territories, and Edmonton)
Project Officer, Samaram Njie at [email protected] (for Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Toronto)
Project Officer, Elisabeth Huang at [email protected] (for Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City)
We thank all applicants for their interest, however only selected candidates will be contacted.